Star Trek XI — more casting news

The Hollywood Reporter says Leningrad-born 18-year-old Anton Yelchin has joined the cast of Star Trek XI as Pavel Chekov, who was first played by the nearly 31-year-old Walter Koenig in 1967. This is interesting, as Chekov did not join the show until its second year — though Chekov must have been on the ship somewhere during the first year, otherwise Khan would not have recognized him years later in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).

About Peter T. Chattaway

Peter T. Chattaway was the regular film critic for BC Christian News from 1992 to 2011. In addition to his film column, which won multiple awards from the Evangelical Press Association, the Canadian Church Press and the Fellowship of Christian Newspapers, his news and opinion pieces have appeared in such publications as Books & Culture, Christianity Today, Bible Review and the Vancouver Sun. He also contributed essays to the books Re-Viewing The Passion: Mel Gibson’s Film and Its Critics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Scandalizing Jesus?: Kazantzakis’s The Last Temptation of Christ Fifty Years on (Continuum, 2005).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06403255764384760662 Betty

    As I recall, Koenig’s explanation for why Khan recognized him involved Khan having to wait outside the bathroom forever while Chekov was using it. And Khan, as you know, can really hold a grudge.

    Also… An actual Russian playing Checkov? Can you do that? It just seems so wrong. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395937367596387523 Peter T Chattaway

    Heh, yeah, next thing you know, they’ll be hiring an actual Scot to play Scotty, and not a Canadian with a fake accent!

  • http://www.expanded-universe.com Joseph

    ^ Seriously. I heard a rumor a while back (probably on CinemaBlend) that James McAvoy is a candidate for Scotty. Please no.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/17492591447246532970 jasdye

    what’s his name?

    the guy from the late, late show on CBS here in the States. there’s your Scotty.

  • http://thomwade.wordpress.com Thom

    Craig Fergusen?


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